The Can-Am Police-Fire Games will bring people from all over the United States and Canada, not to mention Europe and South America, to Dublin in August.

The Can-Am Police-Fire Games will bring people from all over the United States and Canada, not to mention Europe and South America, to Dublin in August.

Dublin City Council got an update last week on the biennial event that is scheduled for Aug. 15-22.

Local organizer Josh Bricker told council members that the number of participants is rising.

"With Dublin's location we believe these Can-Am Games could be the biggest ever. ... We have people registered from 33 different states and provinces," he said, adding that people from Bulgaria, Spain and Brazil also have signed up.

Bricker is part of the Dublin Special Events Council, which was created after the city and Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau lured the games to the city.

Sponsorships also have been coming in for the nonprofit games that benefit a national muscular dystrophy charity and the local charity Get Behind the Badge.

But, Bricker said, "we could always use more" sponsors.

The games will feature 58 events, all free to the public, as well as an opening ceremony at Coffman Park.

"We're working on a nice opening ceremony with pipes and drums and a canine demonstration," Bricker said.

Councilman John Reiner said he was pleased to see events planned all over Dublin that will be "exciting to watch and different."

Bricker said one of the most exciting events, the SWAT competition, won't be open to the public because it will use some live ammunition.

But there still will be opportunities for the public to watch some out-of-the-ordinary events, Bricker said, including the canine competition at Jerome High School, the toughest firefighter competition at the Washington Township administration building and a motorcycle event at the Dublin service building.

Other events on tap for the Can-Am Games include judo, a "skyscraper climb," submission grappling, archery, a chili cook-off, arm wrestling and several shooting events.

With ice hockey also on the lineup, Reiner asked about a possible rematch of the Canada-U.S. gold medal Olympic hockey game, but Bricker said it's often police officers against firefighters.

While event participants have been signing up, local organizers are looking for volunteers to help with the events.

"We'll need 400 to 500 volunteers," Bricker said. "Luckily, we have (Dublin volunteer services administrator) Christine Nardecchia doing volunteer coordination."

To volunteer for the Can-Am Police-Fire Games or see a complete listing of events, visit DublinCanAmGames.com.

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